We had the good fortune of connecting with Yoshi Aono and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yoshi, what makes you happy? Why?
I’m generally a happy person. Sure, things can be difficult and life presents obstacles that are challenging. Though, I’ve learned how to maintain a sense of gratitude for the things that matter most to me. Things such as my creativity, my health, laughter, family, close friends, having a home, good food, and a good bed. Life can be happy if you have perspective and allow it to be.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have been in the role of entrepreneur, built up organizations and served as CEO of mid-size companies. In the same breath, I’ve served in the third world as a humanitarian. Experiences in Haiti, Africa, Cambodia and New Orleans have changed me. I’ve also been a professional guitar player and a student of the instrument for 40+ years.
All these experiences have shaped me. I’ve been experimenting with the art of slowing down. Taking notice of things that I would blow by when I was so busy with work. Time with good friends, travel and nature are high on my priority list. It comes down to lifestyle and I guess that is my brand: How to live mindfully and be happy.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My best friend shows up and we are hiking during the day and out to Sushi Den or Izakaya Den for dinner. A Red Rocks concert is a must do in Colorado. White water rafting would be fun too. Depending on time of year, some hot springs adventures would be a good call.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
In know it’s cliche, but my mom and dad. They always said do what makes you happy and have cheered me on through all the different things I’ve done in my life.
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